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Failure to Communicate Tribute Series 11: Vol 1 VV.AA.: Eye For An Eye

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 24 2008
Artist: Failure to Communicate Tribute Series 11: Vol 1 VV.AA.
Title: Eye For An Eye
Format: CD
Label: Failure to Communicate
Distributor: Failure to Communicate
Rated: *****
Sheriff Scabs from the label Failure to Communicate is back at it again with a lovely tribute to Nick Cave to go along with his other tributes to David Bowie, Joy Division and The Cure. This tribute shows great promise to covers and compliments Mr. Cave Well. We open with Track 1, " Wild World" which is covered by Mr. Russia. It leads us down a path into a old trippy 70's world Cave style that leads to it's flair and flash sticking to it's roots well and how it should be, a classic. Moving ahead we go to Track 3, " I Let Love In ." which is done amazing by Sheriff Scabs who put out this cd to begin with and others for that matter. I would expect nothing more than perfection at that this is. Truly my favorite track on this whole cd. Sheriff Scabs sings dark, deep and melancholic tone that truly chills you to the bone. He sings to us, "Oh lord what have I done, please Oh lord don't leave me alone, where are my friends, my friends are all gone." Silent screams and chaos add to the charm of this masterpiece that even has a creepy, folky tone that grabs at your throat and won't let go. We proceed on to Track 5 " Mr. Clarinet done by The Brides which is done well and rears it's ugly head for all of us to take in and taste. It is a fun track that speaks for it's self and is the life of the party,but only the dead are invited. I was quite impressed by the creepy feel this one had, it grew on me the more I listened to it. Still moving into the next Track 6, " Where the Wild rose Grows." done by a band called Chasm which reminded me of Monica Richards flowing in and out like a lady dancing through a field of deception waving her blood stained dress to the beat of this tune. Haunting as this track is, sticking to what this mood calls for and the visual it expresses, a murder ballad it is and as it told it's tale and unfolded it's tale and it did not disappoint at any giving moment. Next is Track 7, done by Ahab Rex a personal fiend of mine that is a huge Cave supporter so it only makes sense he covered " The Curse of Milhaven." This is the tale of murder again but he sings it like its all fun and games, truly clever and well received, a job well done. The rest of this cd excels and truly is a work of art in it's own right and a compliment even Nick Cave himself could truly could consider a treasure and perhaps a gift for a new generation to find in a time capsule , expressing just wit can bring wisdom. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo

O QUAM TRISTIS...: Les Chants Funestes

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Nov 24 2008
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Artist: O QUAM TRISTIS...
Title: Les Chants Funestes
Format: CD
Label: Palace Of Worms (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
This is the first time I have the chance to check out O Quam Tristis... (their name comes from a psalm written by Antonio Vivaldi and Pergolesi and the whole sentence is "O quam tristis et afflicta fuit illa benedicta Mater Unigeniti") and I have been pleasantly surprised. Formed also by people involved with Collection d'Arnell-Andrea and Thy Violent Vanities (Anna Virsky and Hugues Dammarie), O Quam Tristis... rework in a personal way female and male vocal polyphonies inspired by medieval and baroque music mixing them with electronic arrangements, new wave (see the bass guitar sound and some atmospheres) as well as folkish melodies (like the opening "Oriens" or "O vox poriphetica") or goth intuitions ("O abies" and "O mejam miseram"). Another peculiarity is to have lyrics in Latin language and this unusual characteristic enrich a formula which already was really interesting. A must have!

SUNKEN FOAL: Fallen Arches

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Ambient / Electronica / Ethereal / Dub / Soundscapes / Abstract
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Nov 20 2008
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Artist: SUNKEN FOAL
Title: Fallen Arches
Format: CD
Label: Planet Mu
Rated: *****
Sunken Foal is the project of an Irish guy called Duncan Murphy. He, helped by occasional friends, did a great debut album titled FALLEN ARCHES. Mixing acoustic instruments like guitars, piano and drum with electronic sounds (sometimes, i.d.m. rhythms or rough synth melodies like on "Rikkic"), Sunken Foal is offering a fresh approach to modern electronic music. Duncan composed tracks that sound like experimental folk electronic suites, others that are structured like songs (with vocals and acoustic guitar with electronic inserts) as well as jazz dark instrumental suites that suddenly turns into folk songs. The atmosphere created on the album is difficult to be described but try to imagine an experimental electronic version of King Of Convenience and add a sprinkle of freshness and a bit of craziness to that beautiful melancholy. Try it with after a difficult day and let me know...

ALBIREON: I Passi di Liu'

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 19 2008
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Artist: ALBIREON (@)
Title: I Passi di Liu'
Format: CD
Label: Palace Of Worms (@)
Distributor: Masterpiece Distribution
Rated: *****
At three years from their latest album "Il Volo Insonne", Albireon are back with a particular new one titled I PASSI DI LIU'. The ten tracks of the CD differs a lot from their new-folk tunes as it has been created as a sort of concept album to commemorate the memory of a dead girl (it isn't specified if she's an hypothetical one). Musically the album is sounding more like an experimental Italian progressive rock work (like the early Le Orme albums such as "L'uomo di pezza") and it's nice to see the band looking for new ways of expression. If you aren't used to Italian progressive music of the seventies, well, forget the word rock for a moment, because on some cases it wasn't sounding like rock music at all. On our case, Albireon recalled me that kind of sound mainly for Davide Borghi vocal style, because if we talk about music, most of the tracks are composed of oneiric treated sounds. Only "Cendra", "Cerbastri", "Nymphalidae" and the closing "Gennaio" have folkish acoustic guitar parts. A particular interesting work full of pathos and sadness.

Radio Radio: Alarm 1 Alarm 2

 Posted by Michelle Russo   Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Nov 16 2008
Artist: Radio Radio
Title: Alarm 1 Alarm 2
Format: CD EP
Rated: *****
Radio Radio is the name of the band. a 4 peice quartet that hails from Tulsa Oklahoma and really is hitting the circuit in the states. The just played Reggies in Chicago with Camera and put on a well received show. Radio Radio consists of Greg Hosterman on Vocals, Paul Cristano on bass, Jay Hunt on guitar and Paul Sanders on drums. Very reminiscient of early Bowie and a plethora of 80's New Wave danse hits complete with a video screen to match computer images that blend with the music and create almost a wold of electronics for all to see. We begin with Track One, " Alarm 1 Alarm 2 " which is a sure fire danse floor hit straight off the bat. Greg sings to us, " Alarm 1, Alarm 2 she left you on the run, Alarm 2 it was you ." A tale of signs of neglect and broken promises. Definately something we can all relate to. I really liked this track live and danced my butt off to it and a race to get this cd reviewed right away cause it touched me and rarely that happens. Guitar, lights and mesmerizing stature and vice from Greg and you get a sure fire band that is going somewhere. We move on to Track 2, " BBC" which was a cool track that seemed like a ode to one lost love that he will never forget. Greg sings, " Always have my heart and always and forever now. " True, words, true heart and true belief in this one. We proceed into Track 3. " Ghost ' which was a haunted love song that grows on you as it haunts your psyche. Greg sings so sweetly to us , " And I'm never gonna give up the ghost, never give it up, rationalize it away, no I'm never gonna give up the dead, I'm full of surprizes and I'm one step closer." Words that scream to us through voice and vision and make us wanting more. Lastly is what I feel is the best track on the whole album that is really going to be played on the radio. Track 4, " I Computer " which is a danse floor cosmic sure fire hit. Greg sings, " Do you dream about the man that you will become, don't be frightened now, hold your breath now, computer ?" A super abstract almost Tron like world that takes us into the world of man and machine and how technology is winning the race. This is a 4 song album and every song in it's own right deserves to be heard and experienced live. Radio, Radio is calling to you to tune in and turn on. ~ 4 stars Michelle Russo


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